Schools Celebrate Black History Month Wide Range of Programs, Events and Learning Held Throughout District

Schools Celebrate Black History Month Wide Range of Programs, Events and Learning Held Throughout District
February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate African Americans’ heritage and their many contributions to our nation and our world. District-wide, schools are hosting unique programs, events and activities to help students of all ages participate in the month-long celebration.

In this edition, we’ll highlight just some of the action from our early childhood and elementary schools. Next week, look for more highlights from our secondary schools. 

As a part of their non-fiction studies, students in Wyandot’s first grades wrote about a famous African American, then presented to their class about what they had learned.  Their presentation included both information about the person and why he or she is an important historical figure.

At Adena Elementary, second grade students completed research reports on famous Americans, culminating in a “wax museum” in which students dress as their subject and present their findings to parents and other students.

Students at Cherokee Elementary took a different approach, focusing on the “long journey to freedom.” For a month, the students read about and complete research on key African American leaders. According to second grade teacher Sheila Grammer, the reading ties together to illustrate a timeline about the long journey to freedom.

To help special needs students comprehend the concept of diversity, Erin Tierney’s class at Cherokee Elementary studied the life and impact of Martin Luther King, Jr., then made fruit pizza, showing “how individually each fruit is good and yet together they are even better.”

Students at Endeavor Elementary read several books, both nonfiction and historical fiction genres, comparing and contrasting books. The children discovered that it’s important to read more than one book on the same topic to learn as much as possible. Students also completed Venn Diagrams comparing the lives of two famous African Americans - Harriet Tubman and Henry “Box” Brown.

Freedom, Heritage and Independence schools focused on communication for their recognition of Black History Month. Sabrina Snyder, counselor at Freedom, created videos for students and staff to watch during their “Movie Clip Monday.” Using the character education program as a basis, the videos focused on African Americans who exhibited each character trait. Heritage students shared daily facts on morning announcements, along with adaily  “Who am I?” contest. In addition, the school’s Student Council sponsored a door decorating contest for classrooms. And, at Independence, each morning announcement featured a famous African American inventor, scientist, or journalist.

Union Elementary held a contest for all students in grades 2-6, with students submitting either an essay or an art form. For the younger grades, the choice of topics was “What My Generation Can Do To Fulfill Dr. King’s Dream” or “People should be treated equally because…” while fifth and sixth graders could complete their submission on “Why is Diversity Important?” or “Is there a African American hero (past or present) who inspires you?”

At VanGorden, fifth and sixth grade students were treated to a play about George Washington Carver by the Children’s Theater of Cincinnati. Students learned that Mr. Carver was a scientist, botanist, loved music, and was the inventor of many discoveries – peanut butter being #1 with the students!

Woodland Elementary also focused on the arts, with students in Cathy Dorff’s art class performing an authentic dance on the morning announcements, complete with student-made Dashiki shirts using Adinkra stamps. Social studies lessons centered on Black History Month and students in the Multiple Disabilities class learned about Ruby Bridges, complete with their own “Ruby look alike.”